• One weird FIFA World Cup fact is that India withdrew from the competition in 1950 when they weren't allowed to play barefoot in the tournament.
  • Brazil is the only country to have appeared in every FIFA World Cup tournament held since 1930 until 2014.
    Brazil is the only country to have appeared in every FIFA World Cup tournament held since 1930 until 2014.
  • The inaugural FIFA World Cup was hosted and won by Uruguay in 1930.
  • Argentina knocked England out of the 1986 World Cup, courtesy of the goal scored by Diego Maradona... off his hand. This goal is known as the Hand of God.
  • Pele is the most successful World Cup player, winning the title 3 different times with Brazil.
    Pele is the most successful World Cup player, winning the title 3 different times with Brazil.
  • So far, only two World Cup finals have been decided on penalties. Brazil beat Italy in 1994; and Italy beat France in 2006.
  • The record for most FIFA World Cup appearances is held by German player Lothar Matthaus with 25 appearances.
  • Italy's Vittorio Pozzo is the only head coach to lead the nation to two consecutive World Cup titles as the head coach in 1934 and 1938.
  • The Brazilian striker Ronaldo was named the MVP (Most Valuable Player) at the 1998 World Cup final against France even though French came out of this game winners and 1998 World Cup champions.
  • Frenchman Just Fontaine holds the record for most FIFA World Cup goals scored when he netted 13 goals in 1958 World Cup.